A trip to Israel is on nearly everyone’s bucket list. Once you’ve decided to go, the next step is getting there. Flights to the Middle East can be challenging with timing and the fact that it’s long-haul from North America, but the trip is 100% worth the effort. With a little preparation and research on what to expect, you can have a great travel experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your flights to Israel.
Where to Fly into Israel
Israel has only one international airport, making it easy for travelers to know where to fly for their trip to the Holy Land. You will search for flights from your home airport to Ben Gurion International Airport, airport code TLV. It’s located about half way between the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and it is accessible to both cities via taxi, public transportation, or private driver.
Flights to Tel Aviv from the U.S. or Canada
Non-stop flights between the US or Canada and Israel are red-eye flights, meaning you will be flying overnight and arriving the following day. If you want to catch some restful sleep, consider springing for business class so that you can have a couple of meals and a lay-flat seat that folds down into a bed. If that’s not in the budget, be sure to pack some compression socks and wear comfortable clothes. Remember to hydrate, and maybe bring some snacks along as well.
Connecting Flights through Europe and the Middle East
If you’re not taking a non-stop flight from North America, you will most likely be connecting through Europe or the Middle East. These will also be overnight flights to your connecting city, so plan accordingly. Possible connecting cities in Europe include Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich, Warsaw, Rome, Amsterdam, etc. Possible connections through the Middle East include Cairo, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, among others. If you’re loyal to an airline or airline alliance, you will certainly have options to fly in a way that gets you rewarded.
Your homeward flight may also be an overnight flight (business class may start to look very appealing for this reason). This is great because you will be able to enjoy a full last day in Israel, but it can also be challenging because that does tend to make for a very long day that ends in long-haul travel. Wear comfortable clothes on the flight and try to get some rest!
Be sure to listen to our podcast all about flights to Israel for even more insider tips and travel strategies specific to Israel.